Mo bros and sisters in Royston find quirky ways to raise cash for Movember

PUBLISHED: 17:02 01 December 2015 | UPDATED: 17:48 01 December 2015

Left to right: Perri Gentry, Gregg Jackson, Mitch Cooper, Roberto Gwynne, James Meredith, Dan Bond, Reece King 
Front row: Ada Cambridge, (manager) Courtney Copeland. Kevin Wilson (assistant manger). Photo taken by Kev Richards.

Left to right: Perri Gentry, Gregg Jackson, Mitch Cooper, Roberto Gwynne, James Meredith, Dan Bond, Reece King Front row: Ada Cambridge, (manager) Courtney Copeland. Kevin Wilson (assistant manger). Photo taken by Kev Richards.

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Mo bros and sisters across Royston and district found some unique ways to sprout fuzzy facial hair last month in the name of global charity event Movember.

Chris Lee grew his 'down and out' moustache.Chris Lee grew his 'down and out' moustache.

April Warburton from Royston religiously donned a faux tache every Saturday throughout November to take part in Wimpole Estate parkrun.

She said: “I decided to join in as my brother was diagnosed with prostate cancer in June at the age of 48.

“He had surgery and is now recovering, but I wanted to help men in his position so that they seek the help they need and are not embarrassed to talk about the issues surrounding prostate cancer and men’s mental health.”

Bucking the trend, the reserve team at Royston Town Football Club used the money they collected to buy gifts for young Courtney Copeland from Therfield, who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy.

April Warburton has been running the Wimpole parkrun with a faux mustache.April Warburton has been running the Wimpole parkrun with a faux mustache.

The team also showed their competitive side in a ‘best moustache’ competition.

With judges from Royston barbers Carlo & Co present to help Courtney decide on a winner, James Meredith was crowned Tash of the Year 2015.

A spokesman for the reserve team said: “We were aware of the national moustache campaign but wanted to do something more local.

“The boys who took part showed exactly the same qualities, dedication, application and enthusiasm as they do on the pitch.

“We would like to thank Royston Town Football Club and chairman Steve Jackson for their contribution.”

No stranger to Movember, Royston’s Chris Lee, who runs community group The Repair Shed, grew his moustache for the third year running.

Not content with just one moustache, he grew two – one across his face and another down the sides of his chin – known in the industry as a ‘down and out’ tache.

His facial hair was so impressive, that it won him first prize, a moustache-shaped doormat, in the national Gadget Inspector competition.

Chris said: “My wife will thank me for that! I’d like to say thank you to everyone in Royston for helping raise money – I am aiming to reach £1,000.”

His fundraising page states that he has already raised an impressive £684 for the cause, which aims to tackle some of the biggest health issues faced by men, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.

To help Chris Lee reach his £1,000 target you can donate by clicking here.


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